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Assuming that you know what the situations referred to mean, the signals an umpire should use to indicate a decision or penalty follow. Note: unless otherwise stated, signals are done standing still, facing the centre of the field/back to the nearest outline, and palms open.

Time signals:

  • To indicate readiness to the co-umpire (in order to start time/play): One arm straight up.
  • Time stopped (in play): Both arms crossed at the wrist above the head.

General signals:

  • To indicate an advantage or free hit: One arm straight, horizontally, in the direction of play for the team receiving the advantage/free hit.
  • Sideline hit: One arm straight, pointing in the direction of play for the team taking the hit.
  • 16-yard-hit: Both arms straight, horizontal, and facing the centre of the field.
  • Long corner: Pointing to the corner flag on the side of the field from which the hit should be taken.
  • Penalty (short) corner: Both arms pointing at the goal of the team defending the corner.
  • Penalty Stroke: One arm straight up, the other pointing at the penalty spot the stroke will be taken from; also indicates time stopped.
  • 10 metre advancement: One arm straight up above the head, with the fist clenched.
  • Bully: Both hands moved up and down in front of the body with palms facing.
  • Two/One minute remaining: Both/One arm(s) straight up with finger pointing.
  • Goal scored: Both arms straight, horizontally towards the centre of the field.

These signals are used to indicate what the offence was or why the call is given. They should be done after the decision signal if there is any doubt about why the call was made. A vocal (spoken) signal is just as effective as these - both in combination is even better.

  • Danger: One forearm diagonally across the chest.
  • Football/Kick: Touch one foot or ankle with the hand.
  • Raised ball: (Now more usually called for danger) Both arms in front of and near to body, one above the other, palms facing.
  • Obstruction: Both arms crossed at the wrist in front of and near the body.
  • Shadow (Third-party) obstruction: Alternately cross forearms in front of and near body.
  • Stick interference (back of stick, hacking, checking, etc.): One arm extended in front of the body, the other hand touching the forearm.
  • 5 metres' distance: One arm straight above head with all five fingers extended.
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Travel: Move arms in circles around each other, towards and away from the body.

Double Dribble: Make dribbling motions with both hands.

Three point shot: Hold up one hand with three fingers, (not the thumb or pointer) when the shot is taken. Do the same thing with the other hand if the shot goes in.

Foul: With closed fists, open hold out one arm and making a chopping motion with the other on top if it.

Push: Making a pushing motion with both hands.

Substitutions: Make a beckoning motion with one hand towards the substitutes waiting to come in.

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i am not sure how many signals there are but here are the ones i no- there is footwork signalled by your hands acting as feet moving- over a third signalled by your hand going in a semi-circle-replaying signalled by a bounce, contct signalled by one hand on another and a hand in the air means you can take the penalty from where you are.

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the signals that are used are hands up in the air to show a free pass and 1 hand on the side to show a foul...MORE

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Field Hockey "referee's" are Umpires like in Baseball.

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